Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Nas has made a passionate album to reawaken your love of the art and if your heart isn't thumping in your chest by the end then it's not hip-hop that's dead, it's you.
  2. The fun comes easier when he fools around with the title conceit, and even sometimes when he thinks about it.
  3. It contains a smart, tight, cohesive analysis of where rap went astray, but also the seeds of the genre's rebirth and renewal.
  4. Nas's insight, erudition and poetic intensity override all other concerns.
  5. 90
    It is Nas's poetic erudition that makes it a stone cold classic. [Mar 2007, p.100]
  6. A Dante-channeling journey through the many diverse facets of hip-hop.
  7. Hip-Hop Is Dead... brings out the best in the emcee, who might have produced his strongest lyrical performance since Illmatic.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
  1. Jun 2, 2013
    Nas gets hard lyrically and has a new sort of drive on this album that makes it a raw classic. And a different type of rawness is when he defies the typical rap persona by saying he's not going back to the hood. I saw something that said someone was pronounced dead, and came back to life 28 minutes later. Well that's pretty much the same case here after the song "Hip-Hop Is Dead," he kills it (or in this case saves it) on this album. Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2011
    good solid record had a few good songs on here. i liked it. it was descent. i respect this guy when he puts out a record he puts his heart and soul into his songs. Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2010
    Nas does well tackling the subject of Hip Hops death in modern days. A wonderful follow-up to his massive Street's Disciple album. Production has greatly improved for Nas on this album Full Review »